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Artist's impression of Crispus Attucks, one of the people killed in the Boston Massacre
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
The Britannia Bridge, c. 1852
"Guerrillero Heroico" by Alberto Korda
1496 – King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
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1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus's , describing his De revolutionibus orbium coelestium heliocentric theory of the Solar System, was prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.
1850 – The , a Britannia Bridge tubular bridge of wrought iron rectangular box-section spans crossing the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales, opened.
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1872 – American entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse patented the , allowing trains to stop more reliably.
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1918 – Bolshevist Russia its capital from relocated Petrograd to Moscow.
1936 – The prototype of the , a British single-seat Supermarine Spitfire fighter that was later used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, flew for the first time.
1946 – The term " ", describing the symbolic, ideological, and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas during the Iron Curtain Cold War, was popularized by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
1970 – The international to limit the spread of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty nuclear weapons entered into force.
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1999 – was elected as the Paul Okalik first premier of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
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363 – Roman emperor Julian and his army set out from Antioch the to attack Sassanian Empire.
1824 – The , the longest and most expensive war in First Anglo-Burmese War British Indian history, began.
1943 – The , the first operational Gloster Meteor jet fighter for the Allied Powers, made its maiden flight.
1960 – Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took of his iconic photograph Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.
1963 – Country music stars Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their Piper PA-24 Comanche shortly after takeoff in crashed Camden, Tennessee, U.S.
1981 – The , a pioneering British ZX81 home computer, was launched by Sinclair Research and went on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world. Born/died: (b. 1512) Gerardus Mercator · (b. 1834) Marietta Piccolomini · (d. 1945) Lena Baker · (d. 1966) Anna Akhmatova
: March 5 (Western Christianity, 2019); Shrove Tuesday in China; Learn from Lei Feng Day in St Piran's Day Cornwall, United Kingdom
(b. 1713) Edward Cornwallis · (b. 1873) Olav Bjaaland · (d. 2014)